At a covert school specializing in the art of coercion, a band of outsiders train to become "poets": seducers fit to brand language as a weapon of mind control.  But verbiage soon turns violent, in Max Barry's addictive avant-garde thriller.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.